LibriVox recording of The House on the Borderland, by William Hope Hodgson. Read by Alan Winterrowd.
In 1877, two gentlemen, Messrs Tonnison and Berreggnog, head into Ireland to spend a week fishing in the village of Kraighten. While there, they discover in the ruins of a very curious house a diary of the man who had once owned it. Its torn pages seem to hint at an evil beyond anything that existed on this side of the curtains of impossibility. This is a classic novel that worked to slowly bridge the gap between the British fantastic and supernatural authors of the later 19th century and modern horror fiction. Classic American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft lists this and other works by Hodgson among his greatest influences. (Summary by Wikipedia)
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October 7, 2011 Subject:
Its an excellent read, but...
I'm sorry the story doesn't seem to have stood the test of time. There -are- parts which are horrific, but you really need to concentrate to hold the mood.
January 13, 2011 Subject:
Not sure about this one
I wish I could give this more stars but I guess I just really didn't get this story. I agree with one of the other reviewers that the middle was rather boring. I was left a bit confused at the end as well. Maybe it is just me. The reader did a good job though, he spoke very clearly and it was easy to understand him. So for me 3 for the story and 5 for the reader
The beginning of this narrative is eerie while the climax is heart-thudding terrifying, but a large section of the middle, in which the narrator describes a hallucinogenic dream in which he travels to the end of the world, dips into boredom. Apart from this middle section, the novel is a short, spooky classic of horror literature.
January 19, 2010 Subject:
One strange story...
This is a truly genre-defying tale that will keep you guessing. Is it fantasy? horror? science fiction? Just when you think you are getting a sense of its direction, it takes you down a totally different path. It amazingly anticipates many elements that we see in these genres today. Well-read. Thank you!
August 16, 2009 Subject:
A good classic horror story
A horror story that has stood the test of time - like all good stories should.
The Night land is another horror by William Hope Hodgson
May 15, 2009 Subject:
the house on the borderland